The Brewers and speedster Eric Young, Jr. are in agreement on a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The MVP Sports Group client will receive a $1MM salary plus incentives if he makes the big league roster, Crasnick adds.
Young, 30, spent the 2015 season with the Braves and Mets, hitting just .153/.217/.247 in 94 Major League plate appearances but .249/.351/.315 in 307 PAs at the Triple-A level. Young doesn’t have much power in his bat, but his speed is a game-changer; the second-generation big leaguer led the National League with 46 stolen bases back in 2013, and he’s swiped 144 bags in 179 tries at the Major League level. Young has experience at second base and in the outfield, but he’s seen most of his recent work in left field and center field. He’ll presumably compete for a bench spot in Milwaukee, where his father spent the 2002-03 seasons in the later stages of his 15-year Major League career.